Many people have allergic reactions which occur in their eyes and it’s important to know how to recognize these symptoms, how to prevent future reactions and to know what course of action to take in this kind of situation.
Allergic reactions have a variety of symptoms, some of which manifest in the eyes and can occur at any age. Many of these symptoms in the eyes caused by allergies could be similar to symptoms caused by a virus, bacterial infection or various other conditions. It’s important to understand what to look out for in an allergic reaction and to be able to identify the trigger in order to try to prevent similar reactions in the future. An allergic reaction is typically a response to otherwise harmless things like food, medications, animals or pollen. The reaction can occur immediately with exposure to the allergen or it could take place hours later. Allergies are not contagious and are considered to have a genetic element as it could be inherited from your parents.
There are good treatment options which can be used at home, but if the symptoms are not going away in a day or so then please schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. In case of a severe allergic reaction, the swelling might extend itself to the rest of the face, along with difficulty breathing. This is considered an anaphylactic allergic reaction and you must call an ambulance for emergency care right away. If the person experiencing the anaphylactic allergic reaction carries an epinephrine injection, please use it immediately while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.
Other allergic symptoms to look out for, outside of the eyes, include:
In order to identify an anaphylactic allergic reaction, if you see any of the following, call 911:
Some of the home remedies that can help relieve symptoms due to an allergic reaction are as follows:
If these treatment methods are not working, please schedule an eye exam with your eye doctor. They may prescribe eye drops with steroids which can only be used if recommended by a medical professional.
It is very important to identify what is triggering an allergic reaction. You can schedule an appointment with a doctor who specializes in allergies and this doctor can perform allergy tests to discover the cause. Once you know what is triggering an allergic reaction, you can do everything possible to avoid exposure to this allergen.
If your allergies are caused by environmental factors which cannot be avoided, such as certain plants that are found in the area you live in, your doctor may prescribe allergy medicine that can be taken frequently to help relieve symptoms. If you have serious life-threatening allergies, you will be prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector to carry with you in case of an anaphylactic emergency.
Allergic reactions are a common phenomenon and very often affect the eyes. It’s important to be able to know how to identify an allergic reaction and to know how to treat it. There are effective home treatments for mild to moderate allergic reactions. If it’s not helping then please schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. It’s possible that what appears to be an allergic reaction is in fact a different condition and therefore the treatment isn’t working. The eye doctor can properly diagnose and treat the symptoms in your eyes.
If the allergic reaction is a life-threatening anaphylactic episode then call 911 right away for emergency care.